Tony Jones | September 1, 2017
Two opening weekend wins for the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team yielded the program its eighth all-time championship victory at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament. The Irish defeated San Diego 2-0 on Aug. 25 before finding a late game-winner in the 101st minute to down Cal Poly 2-1 in double overtime on Aug. 27. Notre Dame extended its tournament hardware haul two clear of regional foe Indiana (six all-time tournament championships) since the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament was first held in 2002.
Senior forward Jeff Farina closed the opening weekend as Notre Dame's leading goal scorer, finding the back of the net three times in two games to claim College Soccer News National Player of the Week honors.
Farina was named the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament Most Outstanding Offensive Player for the first time in his career after leading all players with three goals during the four-game tournament at Notre Dame's Alumni Stadium. Farina deposited an insurance header in the 84th minute on Friday to open his season goal account in a 2-0 win over San Diego. Farina followed up the performance with his first career multi-goal game on Sunday against Cal Poly. Farina headed home a cross in the eighth minute for the 1-0 Irish lead, then finished a pass for the game-winning goal in the 101st minute of a 2-1 victory in double overtime later in the afternoon.